Sint Maarten’s Princess Juliana Airport is known globally for its ridiculously scary landings, with planes brushing over a tourist-packed beach before touching down.
Now, the attraction seems destined for a serious safety rethink, after a tourist was killed by a plane’s powerful jet blast.
According to the Saint Martin News Network, the woman was standing near a fence behind the runway when she was blown over, knocking her head against concrete. She later died in hospital.
Despite various warning signs around the beach, adds Travel + Leisure, tourists continue to try their utmost to get as close to planes as possible. Sadly, this time was one step too far
In response, the Sint Maarten government has announced plans to reroute airline traffic to keep planes farther away from onlookers.
While the changes won’t stop tourists from flocking to Maho Beach, it will likely alter how they are able to watch landings.
Despite this being the first recorded death at the tourist attraction, various sources note that it’s not the first case of injury. Back in 2012, says Travel + Leisure, a tourist was recorded being flung backwards in a similar fashion, also slamming her head on concrete.